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The Swiss company Gresso has made a name for itself over the years in the realm of luxury technology. Its line of premium phones and accessories has now grown bigger with the addition of Gresso Regal Black Edition. The premium device has a metal body, crafted out of five solid titanium plates and manually polished for the best possible combination of light-weight construction and durability. With a thickness of only 8.8mm Gresso boast that their new handset is the slimmest smartphone on the luxury market today. The Regal Black Edition will be a limited offer and only 999 pieces will be produced. Each of them will have an 18 karat gold insert on its back panel, featuring the unit number, as well as the total number of devices in existence, for convenience when referencing exclusivity, we suppose. The company even offers you the option to choose your own number during the purchase. The rest of the back is coated with PVD for an exquisite black finish. As far as hardware on the device goes it features a 5-inch Full HD display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, with no specific manufacturer or model cited, as well as 2GB of RAM and 32GB on-board storage. The handset has two cameras - 13MP main and 5MP front-facing and will run Android. It is offered in three variants - the "budget" Regal R1, priced at $3,000, which comes with a titanium insert plate and no PVD coating. And the Regal R2 and R3, both costing $5,000 with a white and yellow gold logos and plates respectively. Each of the devices is manually assembled by a single craftsman and with only 999 available you should definitely hurry if you want to catch one of the 9 repeating digit ones, which we all know are the ones that truly send out a definite social status...


The LG G3 is the company's flagship and naturally it is the first to get the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop treatment. The new firmware update kicked off in Korea earlier this month, followed by a plethora of countries throughout Europe - Austria, the Baltics, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK. Naturally the updates were made available to the unlocked devices first, but those purchased through a carrier should be getting the Lollipop soon as well. Today, another market joins the Android 5.0 Lollipop bandwagon - it's India. The unlocked LG G3 in India has just received the official Lollipop treatment. The new firmware is available for download only through the LG Mobile Support Tool and weighs about 1100MB, but the over-the-air option should pop up within a week. The Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring a host of improvements to the LG G3. They include new UI design language, new security features, as well as a brand new Android ART runtime. Thank you, Rahim, for the...


A few days ago we saw a couple of screenshots that seemed to show a SM-N900U unit, which is an Exynos Galaxy Note 3 running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The almost incredible story was curtesy of a samsungviet.vn forum member, who allegedly got hold of the ROM thanks to an error on the website samsung-updates.com. The whole story had serious holes in it and sounded very far-fetched, but now it appears that it might just be true as the thread covering the accident on XDA now offers a download link along with a full set of instructions for a manual flash. Screenshots of Exynos Galaxy Note 3 running Android Lollipop So the update seems to be as real as it gets, but unsurprisingly it is an early beta, that just happened to accidentally slip through the cracks. Screenshots seem to showcase a white menu background which looks like a very poor choice as it might cause the Super AMOLED display to draw way more power than it needs to. Hopefully Samsung will address this issue before the official OTA hits. The leaked version of Android Lollipop does seem to be functioning, but reading through the XDA forum is appears to be riddled with bugs, which of course is expected from a beta not intended in any way for public use. This however does not seem to affect the enthusiasm among a few XDA users who have not only flashed the new ROM, but have also managed to apply a few quick "homebrew" fixes to remedy certain crash issues and a major problem with Bluetooth connectivity. It appears that Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 3 is drawing ever closer. We are yet to see any information regarding the most wide-spread variant of the device - the Snapdragon 800 SM-N9005, but progress on that shouldn't be far behind. If you happen to own a N900U unit and feel adventurous you can head over to XDA, to get the needed files and instructions to apply the...


Micromax has finally launched its much hyped Yureka smartphone, part of the new Yu series of phone made in collaboration with Cyanogen. The phone will be sold exclusively through Amazon India for Rs. 8,999 ($142). The Yureka has a 5.5-inch, 1280x720 resolution IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC with 1.5GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 13 megapixel Sony IMX135 rear camera with 24fps burst mode and f2.2 aperture, 5 megapixel front camera, 4G LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 2,500mAh battery and Cyanogen OS 11. The partnership with Cyanogen is the big deal here and is one of a kind, with Micromax having exclusive rights over the OS. This was the main reason for the controversy involving OnePlus One and the Delhi High Court order preventing OnePlus from selling phones in India with Cyanogen OS. The features and specifications of the Yureka seem quite impressive for the price. We will have to wait and see how the phone performs in real...


Amazon has pushed a major software update (v3.6.5) for the Fire Phone that brings several new features, along with bug fixes, performance and battery life improvements. You can find the full list of changes below: Translate text and identify famous artwork with Firefly Text translation from/to: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and artwork recognition for 2,000 famous paintings with info available from Wikipedia. Take the perfect picture with Best Shot See three versions of a given photo to choose the perfect shot. Enable or disable SMS / MMS settings You can now turn character counts and MMS on or off. Select additional keyboard languages Choose from seven preloaded keyboard languages and 49 additional keyboard languages to download. Block unwanted phone numbers Decline unwanted calls from any given contact. Add custom ringtones to your phone Add custom ringtones from the Amazon Appstore to your Fire phone. View more information from the lock screen Control music directly from the lock screen, and configure your phone to wake up when a new notification arrives. Write and edit documents with WPS Office Edit documents using the new, preloaded WPS Office app. Connect to a virtual private network (VPN) at work Connect to a secure, corporate VPN from your Fire using the native IPSec / L2TP VPN client to stay productive while on the go. Sync calendars across Amazon devices registered to your Amazon account Create appointments that are automatically synced across supported Fire phones and Fire tablets registered to your Amazon account with Amazon Cloud Calendar. Read your Kindle books in one continuous scroll Read and scroll through Kindle books without ever having to touch the screen. Improved battery life Dozens of systems updates for enhanced battery performance. Bug fixes and user interface improvements Hundreds of other bug fixes and user interface...


BLU took the wraps off the affordable Studio 7.0 tablet with 3G connectivity. Curiously, despite its considerable size, the Miami-based manufacturer calls the slate "the world's first 7-inch smartphone." BLU Studio 7.0 packs a 7" display with the rather lowly resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The device features MediaTek chipset with 1.3GHz dual-core CPU, Mali 400 GPU, and 1GB of RAM. Network connectivity of the slate includes quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tops out at 21Mbps HSPA+. The rest of the device's specs include 8GB of built-in memory, microSD card slot, 5MP main camera, and 2MP front-facing snapper. Android 4.4.2 KitKat is the default OS out of the box. Physical measures of the BLU Studio 7.0 are 187.5 x 103 x 9.4mm, while its weight tips the scale at 294 grams. A 3,000mAh battery powers the slate. BLU Studio 7.0 is available to order on Amazon in the United States for $149.99. There are four available colors - white, gray, blue, and gold. Source...


The long awaited Lumia Denim update for Nokia Lumia smartphones has finally started rolling out, though only in China for now. The update was initially announced back in September, with its features getting detailed last month. However, at one point one UK operator warned that we shouldn't expect to see Denim on phones this year, as initially planned. Now it turns out that the new software will in fact make it to some devices in 2014, though we assume the majority of markets will get it in early 2015. Lumia Denim comes with a better and faster Lumia Camera app, faster photo snapping, a Moment Capture feature shooting video in 4K@24fps, Rich Capture (Auto HDR and Dynamic Flash), improved image processing, better Glance Screen with weather, health, and fitness info, and "Hey Cortana!" voice activation. Unfortunately though most of these features won't make it to all Lumia handsets, as they are dependent on certain hardware abilities. The update is now rolling out in China for the Nokia Lumia 520, 525, 526, 625, 720, 720T, and 1320. Hopefully it won't take long before it lands on more devices and in more places. Source (in Chinese) | Via 1 • Via...


On December 23, Meizu is holding an event during which it may introduce two new cheap smartphones - at least that's what many rumors originating in China have told us so far. These handsets will be launched under a new brand, Blue Charm, a move which kind of reminds us of Huawei and its Honor sub-brand. One of the handsets is apparently going to be called Blue Charm Note, as it will have a 5.5-inch touchscreen and will clearly be meant to compete with Xiaomi's Redmi Note. The other device has the codename K52, and this might be it shown in the picture on the left. The smaller Blue Charm handset will reportedly come with either a 4.6-inch or a 4.7-inch 1080p touchscreen, as well as dual-SIM support (according to the two SIM icons shown on its screen in the image). If this is the K52 and not some other Blue Charm wannabe, then it should also have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and it will be powered by a MediaTek MT6752 SoC coming with a 1.7 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. The Blue Charm line is expected to get bright colors for the back covers, slightly reminiscent of what Apple's done with the iPhone 5C. The smaller device may be priced at just CNY 799 ($128 or €103 at the current exchange...


The upcoming Samsung Galaxy E7 (SM-E700) has been leaking a lot lately. Just last week we saw a full list of specs for it getting leaked, and now they have pretty much been confirmed by a benchmark listing. That's because someone in the possession of a prototype Galaxy E7 has decided to put it through the paces of GFXBench. As always, this has resulted in an info page about the device, listing some of its most important hardware innards. Thus, the Galaxy E7 will come with a 5.5-inch 720p touchscreen, a 12 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front snapper, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage space (of which around 12GB will be user-accessible). The phone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat at the moment, though we have heard that it would launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board. It's going to have just one SIM slot apparently, as well as support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. The rear snapper could turn out to be a 13 MP unit like a past rumor claimed, based on the fact that for some reason GFXBench likes to underrepresent camera resolutions in its listings. Source | Via (in...


The latest intelligence suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge will skip the Android 5.0 Lollipop update and go straight to an official build of 5.0.1 instead. A screenshot from each showcases the newer firmware being tested on both and it's unlikely that Samsung would also work on porting the older 5.0 update. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Edge Lollipop Samsung works fast as the Android Lollipop 5.0.1 firmware was seeded to AOSP at the beginning of the month and only yesterday we saw a factory image for the Google Nexus 5. We've already witnessed what Samsung's TouchWiz looks like under Lollipop running on a Galaxy Note 4 and has been seeded to some Galaxy S5s so there will be few surprises....


BlackBerry Classic has been teased and leaked numerous times before and the veil surrounding the future of BlackBerry has been finally lifted. The manufacturer is returning to its roots bringing back the classic QWERTY keyboard, the iconic square trackpad and the traditional hardware controls...


BlackBerry Classic has been teased quite a few times throughout the last few weeks. Its pre-order campaign even kicked off weeks before the premiere, for $449. The wait is over though, as the BlackBerry is now officially announced and launched. BlackBerry Classic is the spiritual successor of the best-selling BlackBerry Bold 9900. It packs a 3.5" 720p touchscreen covered with a Gorilla Glass 3 piece and runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM (same as BlackBerry Z10). The rest of the specs include 16GB expandable storage, 8MP rear cam with a LED flash, and a 2MP front snapper. Of course, BlackBerry Classic's key feature is the four-row hardware QWERTY keyboard and the return of the traditional control deck revolving around a squarish trackpad. The smartphone runs on the latest BlackBerry 10.3 OS and supports native Android apps via the Amazon Appstore. The BlackBerry Classic is available as of today worldwide. There are many supported carriers and retailers, so you'll have to check with your local sources. The contract-free Classic will set you back $449 in the USA. AT&T has also committed to offering the device although it's yet to detail it's on-contract...


Today is a big day for the Chinese manufacturer OnePlus as it is marking its one year anniversary. In that short period of time the OnePlus team has brought us an amazing flagship smartphone - the OnePlus One and has been hard at work improving it ever since. To celebrate the occasion the company is offering a few interesting promotions that are definitely worth checking out. The market stirring One handset is now available to purchase without and invitation in both Sandstone Black and Silk White. Granted the device has been available on various online stores, including eBay's daily deals listing for quite some time now, but now you can purchase it straight from the folks over at OnePlus. The promotion will most probably last until the end of the day, so you better hurry if you wish to grab one. Today also comes with the announcement of OnePlus's own power bank. The unit will have a capacity of 10,000 mAh and should be available early 2015. The OnePlus Power Bank will come in the same two color options as the smartphone and with a price tag of $14.99. The company is also hosting a promotional event on both Vine and YouTube. A commemorative video covering the company's progress during the last 365 days can be found on YouTube and you can also win a OnePlus One is you wish the guys over at Hong Kong a happy birthday on their Vine page. Another contest is also under way. The OnePlus team has been working hard on their own custom ROM. We should be hearing more about it next year. But for now it is in need of a proper name. So if you go on to their forum and contribute an awesome name you have the chance to win a once in a life time experience, organized by the manufacturer - a trip to Hong Kong as well as a complimentary smartphone and a power bank. What and...


When the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, also known as Huawei Glory 6 Plus, officially launched in China yesterday, the company didn't say when, or if, it will be available in other parts of the world. But a spokesman has now confirmed that the device will not be available to customers in Europe or other Western Markets. "Honor is driven by its consumers, the digital natives and, in Asia, the customer demand for phablets is very high so we have developed the Honor 6+ to this need," a Huawei spokesperson said, emphasising that the company doesn't employ a one-size-fits-all approach to its products. "In Europe", the spokesperson continued, "there is currently less demand for phablets, our focus at the moment continues to be on meeting audience needs with the high quality Honor 6 and Honor 3C devices." The key selling point of the Huawei Honor 6 Plus are its two 8MP camera sensors setup that let you capture 13MP shots, and enable cool effects and super fast...


Samsung has been diversifying its alphabetic offerings - from the upper mid-range Galaxy A series through the affordable Galaxy E7 phablet. Now it's SM-J100H, a phone that seems to be in the realm of the Lumia 535. Despite the model number, it has nothing to do with the Galaxy J. Instead GFX Benchmark results and a leaked User Agent profile reveal a 4.8" WVGA screen (480 x 800) and a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor at 1.2GHz (inside a Marvell chipset) with 1GB of RAM. The OS version is Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Samsung SM-J100H has a 5MP main camera with 1080p video capture, but very limited storage - only 2.2GB free storage was detected. There's a front-facing camera too (resolution unknown). Interestingly the benchmark reported the presence of a barometer sensor, something usually reserved for higher end devices. Certainly not ones that don't have NFC like the J100H. Note that he UAProf claims a Cortex-A7 processor, but that contradicts the info on the Marvell chipset. There's also a 100MHz difference in clock speed. As we found from the Galaxy Grand Prime review, the difference between those two isn't huge. Source 1 • Source 2 | Via (in...


The golden Galaxy Note 4 not for you? What about a Galaxy Note Edge? Also hailing from Vietnam the flagship with a curvy screen is having its metal rim gold-plated, though the shop behind it has not officially announced it just yet. That means we don't have a price, but it should be around the VND 43 million / $2,000 that the 24-karat Galaxy Note 4 costs. Gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Note Edge The unique design of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge makes the gold-plating process difficult. Most of the gold goes on the metal rim, but there are also gold highlights on the camera rim and Home button. If neither Note is to your liking (too small), you can also have a gilded BlackBerry Passport. Thanks to Trần for sending this in! Source (in...


The major online Chinese reseller OppoMart is now offering the Meizu MX4 Pro on its website. The best news is that the vendor traditionally supports shipping to practically anywhere in the world so now you can get your hands on the flagship device and have it conveniently delivered to your doorstep. The device is currently available in two variants - a 16GB version, going for $549 and a 32GB, priced at $599. Sadly only the gray handset is currently available, but hopefully the vendor will acquire stock from the white and gold variants as well. The Meizu MX4 Pro is a true flagship offer by the Chinese manufacturer that builds upon the immensely successful Meizu MX4 and is causing an equal if not bigger stir on the local market. The Android device is powered by an octa-core Samsung Exynos 5430 SoC, has 3GB of RAM and boasts a 5.5 inch 1536 x 2560 pixel IPS display. It is also adorned by a 20.7MP camera along with an impressive array of other technologies, including Cat4 LTE, Wi-Fi ac and GPS with GLONASS. So if you are in the market for a Meizu MX4 Pro there can't be a better time to order one, but be sure to act quickly as supplies may not last very long. Source |...


After Xiaomi it's OnePlus' turn in India to face the banhammer. The Delhi High Court has banned the Chinese company from importing and selling OnePlus One in India. Although the ban comes shortly after the Xiaomi case (which has been temporarily resolved), the two are for very different reasons. While Xiaomi was found infringing upon Ericsson's patents, OnePlus has been banned for shipping devices with CyanogenMod on them despite Micromax having an exclusivity deal with Cyanogen. The complaint was naturally made by Micromax, following which OnePlus has been temporarily banned from selling and importing devices with CyanogenMod in India, although the company can sell its existing stock. We have heard before from OnePlus that the company is working on its own Android ROM, which was expected to be made available later this month. Following this ban, the company will have to expedite its work on the ROM if it intends to continue selling phones in...


According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple has halted online sales in Russia. Extreme fluctuations of the local currency are the reason for the drastic measure. The nose dive of the Russian ruble, coupled with the massive interest rate increase by the central bank in the country have caused the Cupertino giant to review its pricing. In an email today, Apple spokesperson apologized to customers in Russia for any inconvenience. Analysts find Apple's decision to pull back from Russia for the moment as a wise move. All sales the company realizes will need to be converted in dollars and euros, so a depressed rate will significantly hurt its bottom line. Source |...

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